(NaturalHealth365) Grape seed extract delivers many noticeable health benefits. Grape seed extract delivers the healthy effects of plant foods. It is detoxifying and behaves in a synergistic manner on all your body’s systems.
Grape seed extract is usually made from the red grapes used for wine.
The grape seed contains polyphenols, a compound high in antioxidants. It is also high in flavonoids, phytochemicals whose antioxidant properties rival those of well-known sources like,vitamin C, vitamin E, and beta-carotene, the precursor to vitamin A.
Although antioxidants are found in vitamin C, E, and beta-carotene (provitamin A), the vitamins are excreted within a short time of ingestion. Grape seed extract polyphenols are thought to remain available for as long as three days.
Studies have shown grape seed extract to have the same components of red wine, which may be a factor in cardiovascular health. Red wine contains procyandolic oligomers (PCOs), which is what gives red wine its abilities.
A study published in the journal Carcinogenesis shows that in mouse studies, grape seed extract kills head and neck squamous cell carcinoma cells, leaving the healthy cells unharmed.
“It’s a rather dramatic effect,” says Rajesh Agarwal, PhD, investigator at the University of Colorado Cancer Center and professor at the Skaggs School of Pharmaceutical Sciences. Agarwal said: “Cancer cells are fast-growing cells,” then goes on to say, “not only that, but they are necessarily fast growing. When conditions exist in which they can’t grow, they die.”
Grape seed extract creates these conditions that are unfavorable to growth. Specifically, the paper shows that grape seed extract both damages cancer cells’ DNA (via increased reactive oxygen species) and stops the pathways that allow repair (as seen by decreased levels of the DNA repair molecules Brca1 and Rad51 and DNA repair foci).
An extract from grape seeds forces laboratory leukemia cells to commit cell suicide, according to researchers from the University of Kentucky. They found that within 24 hours, 76 percent of leukemia cells had to apoptosis (cell suicide) after being exposed to the extract. The findings were reported in an issue of Clinical Cancer Research, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research.
Grape seed extract has shown some promise in a number of laboratories looking at cancer cell lines. The types that were tested were skin, breast, colon, lung, stomach and prostate.
The lead author Xiangin Shi, PhD., professor in the Graduate Center for Toxicology at the University of Kentucky said: “What everyone seeks is an agent that has an effect on cancer cells but leaves normal cells alone, and this shows that grape seed extract fits into this category.” He went on further to say: “This is a natural compound that appears to have relatively important properties.”
Other studies have examined other natural plant extracts with anti-cancer activity such as garlic, broccoli, raspberries, blueberries, carrots, ginger, onions and others and they all have been identified as having the ability to target cancer cells. The term flavonoid is held for a class of plant chemicals known for being a highly potent antioxidant. The antioxidant power of polyphenols is 20 times more powerful than vitamin E, and 50 times higher than vitamin C.
Targeting cancer means to most researchers to proceed with caution. When talking about substances such as grape seed extract you can turbo-charge the work. Fruits and vegetables have the ability to prevent and reverse disease and may offer more help in avoiding health problems than given credit.
About the author Blanche has been a student of natural healing modalities for the last 25 years. She had the privilege of working with some of the greatest minds in Natural Healing including Naturopaths, Scientist, and Energy Healers. Having seen people miraculously heal from all kinds of dis-ease through non-invasive methods, her passion now is to help people become aware of what it takes to be healthy.